Currently a PhD candidate working on investigating the effectiveness of voluntary sustainability standards in the coffee sector (based in Costa Rica), I am passionate about sustainable food systems and new forms of agriculture that both improve food security and prevent environmental degradation.
I started this blog in 2013 as a simultaneously intellectual and creative outlet: During the course of my studies in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis with the AFEPA Erasmus Mundus Masters program, I stumbled over mountains of interesting reports, data and presentations which I found too important to simply forget again – so I wanted to create this little space to archive, write about and share my findings with whoever else is interested in challenging the current food system. Furthermore, from 2014 to 2015 I had the honor of being a Mercator Fellow on International Affairs and worked on a project examining institutional support mechanisms for sustainable agriculture through the work in international organizations related to the topic in Brussels and Costa Rica.
For a much better explanation of what is wrong with how we currently produce our food, and why I chose this career path, watch this TED talk by Jonathan Foley – The Other Inconvenient Truth.
I endeavor to respect artists’ and photographers’ well-earned rights to their work and only use my own or Creative Commons-licensed images to illustrate my posts. If you recognize your work and feel it has not been properly attributed or wish it be taken down, please contact me. My blog picture icon is by Flickr-user _marmota and can be found here.
The best part of blogging is the dialogue it creates, so don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, suggestions, recommendations or collaboration opportunities! Comment on the posts, find Food (Policy) For Thought on Facebook or shoot me an e-mail at janina (dot) grabs (at) gmail (dot) com!